WIN­NING IN DE­FEAT

Moylette loses a thriller, but re­ceives plau­dits for his ef­forts

Boxing News - - Action - Joe O’neill

BOX­ING was brought back to the west of Ire­land in a big way as Ray Moylette made his home­com­ing at a packed-out Royal The­atre (As­sas­sin Pro­mo­tions) and, while the for­mer elite am­a­teur lost his head­line fight ver­sus Chris­tian

Uruzqui­eta, it is a night that will live long in the mem­ory.

Moylette went to war with the tough Mex­i­can, even­tu­ally los­ing on a split de­ci­sion fol­low­ing a scarcely be­liev­able 10 rounds. An ebb-and-flow first four gave way to a phe­nom­e­nal fifth, with Moylette hit­ting the can­vas twice – first when caught with a left hook while trad­ing and then via ac­cu­mu­la­tion. Both times the dazed Is­lan­deady boxer was roared to his feet to beat ref­eree David Irv­ing’s count by the 2,000 in at­ten­dance at the at­mo­spheric venue.

In­cred­i­bly, Moylette en­joyed good suc­cess in the rounds that fol­lowed, catch­ing the re­lent­less Uruzqui­eta with huge sin­gle left hooks and right hands as his fren­zied sup­port went wild. Uruzqui­eta, though, would not be de­nied and his con­stant pres­sure told on two of the score­cards, which read 95-94 and 96-92 in his favour against a 95-94 for Moylette.

The well-liked Moylette, who had spar­ring part­ner An­thony Crolla in his cor­ner, has been hailed for his per­for­mance in the af­ter­math and a re­match looks likely. Chief sup­port saw Gary “Spike”

O’sul­li­van be­gin his move down to­ward su­per-wel­ter­weight fol­low­ing a mid­dleweight loss to David Lemieux in Septem­ber. In a rather turgid fight, the re­build­ing Ma­hon man took on durable Hun­gar­ian Ga­bor Gor­bics and won a wide 80-72 de­ci­sion on ref­eree Pádraig Ó Reach­tagáin’s card. O’sul­li­van was in com­plete con­trol through­out the eight rounds and ap­plied con­stant me­thod­i­cal pres­sure but didn’t get Gor­bics out of there. Mak­ing a dream de­but, 19-year-old

Aaron Gethins took to the ring in front of a ca­pac­ity crowd right be­fore the main event. The busy Bal­li­nacar­row wel­ter dom­i­nated his swing bout with Croat

Sil­vije Ke­bet, tak­ing a 40-36 points win on Mr Ó Reach­tagáin’s score­card. Rath­michael su­per-light­weight

Vic­tor Rabei needed just 2-18 of his four-rounder to de­mol­ish An­to­nio

Hor­vatic. The Moldova-born prospect dropped the Croat jour­ney­man thrice in the opener, with Mr Ó Reach­tagáin wav­ing pro­ceed­ings off im­me­di­ately af­ter

Hor­vatic’s third jour­ney down.

Dy­lan Mo­ran im­pressed as he builds to­ward a home­com­ing of his own. The flashy Water­ford wel­ter landed plenty of heavy shots on tough Barcelona-based Nicaraguan Nel­son Al­tami­rano, and Mr Irv­ing scored the con­test 60-54 in his favour.

Roy Shea­han made his long-awaited re­turn to the ring. The Athy mid­dleweight won the Prize­fighter-style Ire­land’s Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion back in March, but was em­broiled in a well-doc­u­mented non-pay­ment scan­dal af­ter­wards. With every­thing now thank­fully re­solved, the gifted for­mer qual­ity am­a­teur took to the ring here in a short-no­tice four-rounder and forced Mr Irv­ing to halt his bout with

Mar­ian Cazacu af­ter 2-48 of the third, with the portly Ro­ma­nian tak­ing in­creas­ing pun­ish­ment. In­ner-city Dublin su­per-wel­ter Craig

O’brien scored a maiden stop­page, drop­ping Croa­t­ian Almin Ko­vace­vic three times in the sec­ond of a sched­uled six. A left hook to the body sent Ko­vace­vic down for the third time and he was counted out by Mr Ó Reach­tagáin af­ter 1-47 of the round.

Owen Duffy was an­other Irish su­per­wel­ter who scored a sec­ond-round win against a Croa­t­ian in a six-rounder. The Sher­cock fighter upped the pace in the sec­ond and Croa­t­ian south­paw Ivan

Du­van­cic would re­tire at the close of the ses­sion cit­ing a nose in­jury. Bally­brack su­per-feather Niall

O’con­nor looked ex­tremely sharp in dis­patch­ing Krzysztof Ro­gowski in the third of a sched­uled four. The fast hands of O’con­nor had his Pol­ish op­po­nent down in the first and the sec­ond, be­fore Mr Ó Reach­tagáin stopped Ro­gowski stand­ing af­ter 1-35 of the third.

Swords heavy­weight Paddy Nevin threw every­thing at Hr­voje Bozi­novic, but the Croat man­aged to last the dis­tance, with Mr Irv­ing declar­ing Nevin a 40-36 win­ner.

Open­ing the show in a four-rounder, Tal­laght cruiser Johnny Cor­co­ran needed just 2-32 of the first to put away Pawel

Kucharski. Mr Ó Reach­tagáin waved it off af­ter the Pole’s fourth visit to the can­vas.

THE VER­DICT A night where a loss feels like a win for Moylette.

Photo: LAS­ZLO GECZO/INPHO/REX/SHUT­TER­STOCK

DOWN BUT NOT OUT: Moylette will pluck­ily re­gain his foot­ing and take theght to Uruzqui­eta

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